Volume 2, Issue 7 | July 2019

Loving God, we thank you — the true Father of our country — for the blessings of this land and the gifts of cultures around the world. Prompt us to strive for justice for all, at home and abroad. Remind us, in the words of the hymn, that “this is our Father's world” and that your goodness prevails. Amid tragedies and conflicts, guard us against despair. Help us focus on the kindness evident daily: from generous neighbors to conscientious public servants (because most are). On Independence Day and every day, “O let [us] ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.” Amen.
—Sandy Hyland
July 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I officially started as Director of Missions for FRBA back in February of 2018. I have been serving now for almost a year and a half. How time flies. What I want to share with you in this newsletter are some of the goals and activities I have been involved with since I began serving as your Director of Missions (DOM).

Since I had never served in this kind of ministry, I needed training. I attended several DOM retreats/conferences here in Texas as well as one with the NAMB in Georgia and earlier this year I attended one sponsored by the BGCT in Washington, D.C.. I have also attended major annual meetings with the SBTC and the BGCT as well as the SBC Meeting in Dallas last year. Most recently, I attended part of the Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas in McAllen. I will continue to attend these meetings when offered, as there is still a lot to learn in serving the churches.

I have made it a personal goal to visit one-on-one with the pastors in our association. To date I have made 25 of those visits. We are blessed with pastors who come from different backgrounds and experiences and who serve so faithfully to what God has called them to. My desire is to encourage each of the pastors as they walk through the journey God has called them to.

Of the 50 churches and missions in the association, I have brought the Sunday morning sermon to 19 churches. I have preached at a few of those churches multiple times. I always count it a blessing to be able to help serve our churches in this manner. At each church I come to meet more and more of our FRBA family. My family and I are members at FBC Pearsall, but one of my challenges is wanting to visit each one of the churches in FRBA while also being a good and involved member at my home church. I have not accomplished that yet, but I will do the best I can. Some Sunday you may see me visiting at your church.

When I was pastor at FBC Cotulla, I met monthly with the pastors in the churches in the southern part of our association. We enjoyed a simple fellowship over breakfast, then sharing and praying with each other in the churches that hosted us each month. This southern group was very active, however, the northern and eastern churches had nothing similar being offered. Now, pastors in those areas are also meeting once a month, fellowshipping and sharing and praying together. What a blessing!

A new goal I set for myself for this summer was to visit as many Vacation Bible Schools as possible. Now that is a challenge, as many churches have their VBS on the same dates and at the same times. So far, I have been able to visit 18 VBS events. What a joy to see so many kids and adults worshiping the Lord and enjoying it.

What is my work week like? Every week is different. Yes, there are days when I am in the office talking with pastors, taking phone calls, planning for future events, preparing sermons, writing newsletters articles, etc. Then there are days when I am out at meetings, visiting with pastors, doing hospital visits or attending conferences. I thank the Lord for Laurie Beth, who does such a wonderful job at the front desk while I am out. In addition to all of the above, I have helped lead Executive Board Meetings and attended workshops and seminars we have held here at the Associational office. I am enjoying what God has called me to do.

There are other goals and projects I am working on with our churches. Please pray for me and our churches as we seek to do what God wants done here in the Frio River Baptist Association.

Your Fellow Servant,
Bro. Loren
Upcoming Events
July 2019
1st-2nd - Mini Kids Camp (Alto Frio)
2nd - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
3rd - South Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
4th - Independence Day Holiday
7th-12th - Area Youth Camp (Alto Frio)
15th-19th - Master's Camp - Youth (Alto Frio)
22nd-25th - LB - OUT OF OFFICE
22nd-26th - Emmanuel Camp - Youth (Alto Frio)
25th - North Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
28th-31st - FRBA Progressive Youth Fusion
(more details below)
30th - Minister's Family Fun Day (Alto Frio)
(more details below)
NOTE: The East Zone Pastor’s Prayer group
WILL NOT MEET this month.
August 2019
1st - East Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
6th- OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
7th - South Zone Pastor’s Prayer Meeting
9th-10th - Texas Baptists Childhood & Family
Ministry Summit
9-10th - Compañerismo Family Camp (at Alto Frio)
10th - Equip 2019 (Champion Forest Baptist Church -
Houston, TX)
13th - FRBA Executive Board Meeting
6:30pm - Dinner & Fellowship
7:00pm - Business Meeting
22nd - North Zone Pastor's Prayer Meeting
27th - Associational Council Planning Meeting &
Finance Committee Meeting

August 30th-September 1st - Compañerismo Union Femenil Misionera Camp (at Alto Frio)

September 8th-11th - FRBA Progressive Revival (more details coming soon)

September 14th - RESTORE 2019 FRBA Ladies Event at FBC Pearsall
(more details coming soon)

October 20th - FRBA Annual Gathering at FBC Natalia
(more details coming soon)

May 1st-4th - FRBA Annual Ladies Retreat at H. E. Butt Foundation Camp
Here are some of the upcoming VBS dates from around our Association:

Primera Iglesia Bautista (Laredo)
June 30th-July 4th - 6:00-8:30pm

FBC Devine
July 8th-12th - 8:30am-12:00pm

Iglesia Bautista Calvario (Lytle)
July 8th-12th - 6:00-8:30pm

Faith Baptist Church (Devine)
July 10th-12th - 8:00am-12:00pm

FBC LaCoste
July 14th-19th - 6:30-9:10pm

Don't forget to send in your VBS reports and pictures!
featuring evangelist Herman Cramer
at FBC Natalia
(301 Pearson St.; Natalia, TX 78059)

July 7th-10th
11:00am and 6:30pm - Sunday
6:30pm - Monday thru Wednesday
Click HERE to download a flier you can share with your youth!

Around the Association
Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County is NOW HIRING for the position of
Ministry Assistant .
They have started application reviews and interviews, but it is not too late to apply!

Go to cfjobs.net for the job description and application.
This year's VBS 2019 at Belen Baptist Church was phenomenal and bitter-sweet. This year was our first year in 60 years where we didn't have our sister Eva Moreno with us because she had gone to be with the Lord at the beginning of this year. She was faithful until the end! However, her daughter, Mariola Martinez , kept on with the torch. (She is pictured in a photo by herself.) God moved in powerful ways this VBS! We were heading into the week with key people sick and having to travel to be with family due to family loss. However, God provided all the help and more we could ask! From teenagers (willingness to help) to our elder ladies working together with our "Head Chef Eric" to provide a week of fun and learning that will be hard to forget. We had more than 20 stand up in our Thursday final rally stating that they wanted to trust in Jesus! The pictures show most of our servants of Christ and a couple of photos of two of our classes. Be blessed and a blessing for His glory and Kingdom!
--Pastor Sonny Osio

Pastor Frank Flores of Gethesemane Baptist Church
(Carrizo Springs) and Paula Seydel of FBC Carrizo Springs
taught an Adult Bi-lingual Vacation Bible School this year.
In addition to studying and discussing the daily lessons,
the adults enjoyed doing crafts and having a meal.   
Keep your eyes on our website for lots more VBS pictures
from around the Association!
Love in Action
Dear pastors and churches of the Frio River Baptist Association,
As you are probably well aware, there is a crisis at our border. This crisis however, isn’t just tied to a governmental system, or a faceless entity. This crisis is impacting people and families, men women and children. We as followers of Jesus are called to love our neighbors, whoever they may be and wherever they may be from, and we have an opportunity to do just that. The Missions Development Council of the Frio River Baptist Association would like to invite and encourage you to participate in an initiative, in conjunction with the River Ministry of Texas Baptists to collect hygiene kits that will be given to needy families and individuals at our border.
Below is a link for a flier with a hygiene kit packing list of items we know are needed. Would you as a church, maybe your children’s ministry or VBS, a Sunday School class, or church as a whole go on mission and put together kits that contain items people are in such need of?
Kits can be dropped off at the Frio River Baptist Association from now through August and they will be given to the River Ministry of Texas Baptists, who will distribute them. River Ministry is aware of the needs at the border and how to most effectively put the kits into the hands that need them.

If any person or group in your church is interested in volunteering some hands-on help with the border situation, you can call to make arrangements with:

  1. Ruth Ortiz (with River Ministry) at 956-999-0001 or
  2. Mike Smith (with Holding Community Institute in Laredo) at 956-285-8964

The Holding Community is located downtown Laredo and is housing many of the people who need our help. Feel free to call either of these folks, and let them know when you can come.
Who knows? Maybe through these simple kits, and our hands-on help, someone may hear, feel, and experience the love of Jesus for the first time? May we as His church point others to the love we have freely received, and He be glorified!
In Christ,
John Mark Harvey
FRBA Missions Development Council
If you'd like a flier with all the details to distribute at your church, you can find one HERE or you can call the FRBA office and we'll get some to you.
Mission Devine 2019
JUNE 10-15, 2019
Click HERE for more pictures!
This Bible study and many more are available
through our resource library!

Seven Daily Sins: How the Gospel Redeems
Our Deepest Desires
by Jared C. Wilson
(7-session DVD study)

Click here to download one of our checkout forms. Then just complete it and
bring it by the office to borrow a Bible study to meet your needs.

We’re also accepting donations of used DVD Bible study kits.
If you or your church have some that you are no longer using, we’d love
to have them here to share with other churches in our Association.
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